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Go to the PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
PERC is proud to be the organizing body for the Pennsylvania 
Higher Education
Food Recovery Challenge. Working together, PERC schools can challenge each other to cut down on food waste and see benefits that range from reducing hunger to reducing campus GHG emissions.

                             

Jerry Taylor addresses PERC's Safe Climate PA conference for students October 7, 2017

Jerry Taylor, conservative thought leader and President of the Niskanen Center gave the keynote (video above) at Safe Climate PA October 7, 2017. Thanks to the organizations that partnered with PERC to make it happen including Put a Price On It, Citizen's Climate Education, Our Climate, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Other video and pics from the event can be seen in the Google folder created by Our Climate, available here.

Call for 2017 Campus Sustainability Champions

Recognize the people on your campus who are leading the sustainability charge by nominating them to be PERC 2017 Campus Sustainability Champions. Each school may nominate a Champion in each of two categories: student and "non-student" (faculty and staff). Nominations should be submitted through your PERC rep. See the 2017 Call for CSC nominations for more information.


PHE-FRC members 
win 2 EPA awards


(from left to right: Sodexo District Manager Dean Wuerfl, Ursinus President Brock Blomberg, Ursinus Food Service General Manager Ron Wood)
Representatives from the EPA, Sodexo, Ursinus College and PERC gathered recently to celebrate the awarding of not one but two national awards to Pennsylvania Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge organizations. One award went to PHE-FRC Sustaining Sponsor Sodexo--the Leadership Award for their role in making the PHE-FRC possible and carrying lessons learned here to other parts of the country. The second award recognized Ursinus College's outstanding progress in their food recovery data. EPA Regional Acting Adminstrator for District III, Cecil Rodrigues noted the impact and the import of the work that both Ursinus and Sodexo are doing. There is more about the awards and the event here.


Admiral Titley to keynote PERC Fall Conference


Rear Admiral Dave Titley, founding director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk will serve as keynote speaker for PERC's Annual Meeting and Spring Conference to be held April of 2018 on the Unversity Park campus of Penn State. Dr. Titley has spoken across the country and throughout the world on the importance of climate change as it relates to National Security. He served as a naval officer for 32 years and serves on numerous advisory boards and National Academy of Science committees. Among numerous other recognitions for his work, Admiral Titley is one of the Climate 25, a project (video below) that features interviews with "the world's 25 most compelling voices" on climate change.


Think Outside 


DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn gathered with students, faculty and other interested parties in in March to launch the Think Outside program, a DCNR program that grew out of a collaboration with PERC. Students from PERC Member institutions Shippensburg University and Messiah College will participate in the pilot projects of the program. The Think Outside program invites students and professors to use state parks and forests to cultivate new ideas and build stronger connections with our natural resources, and then share their projects, activities, research, or proposals with DCNR. More about Think Outside is available here.


Going to Zero


On April 25, 2017 PERC officially launched its "All Hands on Deck: Going to Zero Campaign, a multi-pronged, multi-campus campaign to raise awareness about climate change and to take steps to reduce greenhouse gases on campus and in the Commonwealth. In addition to PERC, a number of the Going to Zero partner organizations attended. Among those presenting was Dr. Robin Wilson, speaking for partner organization International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology. Her remarks are here. To see other partner organizations and to learn more, visit PERC's Going to Zero page to find out the many ways to get involved.



"An inspiring program," "another excellent conference," and "content was great" are a few of the comments we received after "Changing Times," PERC's fall conference, that was held October 24th at the Penn State University Park campus. We are in a time of change on campuses, in our country and around the world. Conference topics ranged from progress on renewable energy, a new program to put a price on carbon on campus, progress on the food challenge and much more.  Plus the keynote address was given by Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State, IPCCC author and host of the PBS series "Earth, the Operator's Manual." Check out the conference recap page to see the keynote video and/or download some of the many presentations. 


PERC Sponsors side event in COP 22
PERC, in cooperation with the Widener University Commonwealth Law School, sponsored a side event at the UNFCCC COP 22, in Marraketch, Morroco. The event focus was "The Enourmous Damage Caused to the World by the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign Which Began in the United States and Spread to other Countries." The program was initiated and led by PERC founder Donald Brown, now a scholar in residence at the Commonwealth Law School. More about the event, including the slides used during the presentation is available here.

Climate Change Committee Forms
Based on interest expressed at the "Building Bridges" conference a PERC Committee on Climate Change held its first meeting on November 2nd. The committee will likely focus on ways that institutions can mitigate climate and boost resiliency both on their campuses and in Pennsylvania's communities. A summary of the first meeting is available on the Climate Change committee's page. Everyone from PERC Member schools is encouraged to join. Contact Don Brown at dabrown57@gmail.com to participate in this important work.

PERC receives national award from EPA as Endorser of the Year


On Thursday of Earth Week 2015, representatives from the EPA, Sodexo and PERC gathered at Franklin & Marshall College to recognize PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge.  Sean Garvin, Regional Administrator for the EPA's District III, presented Josh Hooper, PERC's Executive Director, with the award. Full story with video here.


PERColator 
PERC's student-run Facebook group exists to connect students from Pennsylvania's colleges and universities who are interested in working on sustainability. Search for "PERColator" on Facebook and join the group.

Working on a Sustainable Future 

Founded in 2000, PERC serves to connect people working on sustainability projects in Pennsylvania's colleges and universities; allowing them to share knowledge and take action towards a sustainable future.  We believe institutions of higher education are in a unique position to play a leadership role in bringing about that future.  With over seventy member and affiliated institutions, PERC has a long list of organizational accomplishments, including the initial development of wind power in Pennsylvania.  PERC is widely recognized as one of the leading regional sustainability in higher education organizations in the country. For a look at a portion of this year's planned events and activities, see the PERC events section of the site. For more on PERC, see the about us pages.  

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Upcoming events

28 Nov 2017 12:00 PM • State Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA
12 Apr 2018 8:00 AM • HUB-Robeson Center, Penn State University, University Park, PA

Jim Gurley, District Manager with Sustaining Sponsor Sodexo, talks about the PA Higher Education Food Recovery Challenge during PERC's "Changing Times" fall conference. 

Go to the Making Progress conf. recap page

Julia Knight, HACC's Director of Sustainability, presenting at PERC's Making Progress Conference at Susquehanna University.

Go Leveraging Strengths Conf. recap page

Paul Morgan, West Chester University, talks about community engagement at the Leveraging Strengths Conference at Franklin & Marshall College. 


Second Nature founder Tony Cortese giving the keynote address at PERC annual meeting at Penn State University.

 

Conference attendees taking part in the Sustainability Cafe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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